Senior Software Engineer

Andela, Nairobi, Kenya

Andela was founded on a simple truth: Brilliance is evenly distributed.

About Andela:

Andela is a network of technology leaders dedicated to advancing human potential. We help companies build high-performing distributed engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software developers. Based in NYC, SF, Lagos, Nairobi, and Kampala, Andela is catalyzing the growth of tech ecosystems across the African continent while solving the global technical talent shortage.

We have a vision to train 100,000 world-class developers in the next 10 years – and we want you to help make it happen.


About the Senior Software Engineer Position:

In this role, you will primarily work as a Senior Software Engineer within the Technology department building world-class internal products to support Andela’s business needs.

As the Senior Software Engineer, you will take on complex tasks and complete them despite roadblocks, grabbing others for help or insight as necessary. You will require very little oversight beyond high-level direction; you can take a complex user story, break it down into sub-tasks, and complete their sub-tasks with relative ease. You will show initiative beyond knocking tasks off a list; you are able to identify and suggest areas of future work for yourself or your team. You will drive product velocity and deliver products with confidence. You will take pride in building products that are key to helping Andela grow and scale as an organization.


You’re the kind of person who:

  • Believes that building great software is more than just delivering working code, that other aspects such as reusability, testability, maintainability, security, and performance are just as important.

  • Is constantly learning and expanding your skillsets on and off the job.

  • Can mentor entry-level developers willing to become world-class.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Work closely with Product Owner and Stakeholders to understand the business needs

  • Deliver complex software solutions that meet those needs

  • Share responsibility for strategically scaling Andela’s internal systems

  • Promote and nurture good team practices such as TDD, code reviews, and pair programming

  • Bring vision to the team in the form of new technology recommendations, ideas and approaches

  • Mentor entry-level developers willing to become world-class

We are interested in a candidate from any background as long as you have a solid understanding of core computer science principles. Here’s an abbreviated list of interesting technologies we currently use:

  • Javascript/Node.js

  • Ruby/Ruby on Rails

  • Golang, Python

  • AngularJS, React

  • Postgres, MongoDB, Redis

  • Heroku, AWS, Google Cloud, Docker, Kafka


What makes you a great fit for this role:

  • The ability to be located in Lagos, Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya or Kampala, Uganda.

  • 3-5 years of software development experience

  • Strong understanding of computer science principles

  • Experience working in an agile environment (standups, sprint planning, retrospectives, etc)

  • TDD and pair programming experience

  • Experience or strong interest in microservices architectures and distributed systems

  • Solid written and verbal communication

  • A Bachelor's or advanced degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or related field.

About Andela

Building the next generation of tech leaders In the next ten years, there will be 1.3M software development jobs created and only 400,000 domestic computer science graduates to fill them. Africa, meanwhile, is home to the largest untapped talent pool and seven of the 10 fastest growing internet populations in the world. We founded Andela in 2014 to build a network of technology leaders on the African continent and bridge the divide between the U.S and African tech sectors. Leveraging a proven, data-driven approach, we build high-performing engineering teams with Africa’s top developers to help companies overcome the tech talent shortage and build better products, faster.

Want to learn more about Andela? Visit Andela's website.